Stephen Lubkemann

Email: Stephen.Lubkemann@gwu.edu


Stephen Lubkemann is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University and the associate editor of Anthropological Quarterly. He is also one of the co-founders of the GW Diaspora Policy, Identity and Development Program. Lubkemann has conducted extensive fieldwork in Mozambique, South Africa, Liberia, and Angola and among African refugees/diasporas in Portugal and in the USA. His ongoing projects include: research on the political, philanthropic, and economic activities and impacts of the Liberian diaspora (funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation); a study of customary law and access to justice in post-conflict Liberia (funded by the United States Institute for Peace); and research on the gendered impact of internal displacement and urbanization in Angola (funded by the MacArthur Foundation). Building on past research collaboration with the US National Park Service and as a cultural heritage consultant for UNESCO, he is currently spearheading the development of an international maritime archeology and cultural heritage project: the Southern African Slave Wrecks Route. His recent publications include articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, and Diaspora; a co-edited volume of Anthropological Quarterly; and a major monograph, Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War (University of Chicago Press, 2008) that critically re-theorizes concepts of displacement and the relationship between violence and socio-cultural change in protracted conflicts.